The fact that Tesla started from scratch as an EV manufacture and never made ICE vehicles before is what appeals to me. They're not stuck trying to ram a square peg in a round hole like may other existing car OEMs are doing with their EVs. Yes, a Mercedes or Audi might roll of the factory floor with perfect panels perfectly coated in paint but their EV tech is years behind what Tesla is doing. If my Tesla comes to me with a wonky panel or a blemish in the paint that can be fixed and Tesla has been very good about fixing up those issues but there's nothing that can be done for outdated EV tech.
Suspension, braking, handling, build quality, safety systems, quality control, ergonomics, comfort, long term R&D divisions, mature part and component supply etc etc etc etc etc.
The large companies are going to blow Tesla out of the water in the next few years with their EVs. They are going to be better built, better value, more reliable, better supported and better to drive. Tesla had a great first mover advantage but first movers frequently don't end up winners.
There is so much more to making a good EV than the EV drivetrain and electronics.
I know this will offend the Tesla fans, but it's my opinion and I think we're already starting to see it.
Tesla are certainly ahead today on elements of the EV tech but if you think some of the largest companies in the world are going to let that go unanswered, then I have some interesting information for you about how much publicly traded companies like to make money.
Cheers - N
You're assuming Tesla doesn't move forward as well. The thing is, none of the big car companies have anything announced that looks like a challenger to what Tesla is doing. Maybe VW with their ID line but that's still a few years away. The cars that have been announced for release in 2020/2021 are cars that compete with the cars Tesla released last year when they announced them. Meanwhile, Tesla is continuing to develop their technologies and set these companies further behind. They've just recently bought Maxwell technologies with their super capacitor technology which is going to put them ahead of the others.
I see the biggest competitors to Tesla being the companies starting up with the same mentality as them. Companies like Rivian.